What a year we have had together. That’s right, one year is this Sunday (July 1)! If someone would have tried to tell me all that would happen, I would have said there is no way. What a journey we have been on together. I would be foolish to write down all which we have accomplished and quite frankly I am sure I’d leave something out. I am so grateful for God’s work before I arrived, for the grace you all have shared with my family and I, and the “can do” approach to ministry we thrive on at Wesley.
People who are unfamiliar with ministry and what a “pastor does” often get around to asking me what ministry is like. Few people have a frame of reference to compare ministry to. I have found there are two main approaches to ministry:
- A pastor is a meek, quiet manager whose basic role is to keep things comfortable.
- Ministry is a frontier expedition, not knowing what is coming around the next corner, but trusting the One who is leading us.
I find option #2 to be my experience in ministry. As we look ahead to what can be seen and what remains unseen, I invite you all to continue to lean heavily into God’s guidance for “what’s next.” In preparation for our “listening sessions” in August, I ask you to spend intentional time asking God to guide us, ask that the Holy Spirit make clear the direction for us to take in the upcoming year.
On the home front, I want to share some exciting news. Melissa has worked for six years to help lead in the public schools. She was announced to be the new Assistant Principle at Carver Elementary. I know our church has had a long relationship with Carver and this makes her position even sweeter. I may have to volunteer for more than robotics now!
Hope everyone’s summer has started off well. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday and we continue our Old Testament Heroes sermon series.
Chris Yost [email protected]